The Forever War Between Good and Evil: Liberationist, Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith, Offers “Rest for the Justice Seeking Soul”

@JaniceOCG Long-time friend of #OURCOMMONGROUNDwithJaniceGraham, @cassady2euca offers #RestForTheJusticeSeekingSoulRev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith is live, Thurs., Jan. 20 at 8 pm ET, w/ “If America Fails?” on TWN, for our chat on cults, cultures & religion in @HandmaidsOnHulu & modern practices.

Rest for the Justice-Seeking Soul (2019) is Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith’s offer of aid and comfort to battle-weary warriors in the struggle for social and racial justice.  It’s a war with no end in sight that has consumed the energies of humankind for many centuries.  Whether we see it as a war between good and evil, right and wrong, humanity and inhumanity, sanity and insanity, justice and injustice – we are looking at opposing ways of being in the world that go deep beyond the color of our skin and shape of our noses, to the very essence of who we are as a species.  It’s exhausting, I think because in some way, many people appear to be hard-wired to view the world a certain way, while others appear conditioned and programmed into their beliefs.

Facts and logic are no match for deeply ingrained beliefs.  Independent thought is seen as a threat to hegemonic rule, and those who manage to break with long-held and unquestioned traditions, are typically isolated and often crushed.  Most avoid the war as best they can – “going along to get along” – so that the few who dare to challenge the ruling class, soon become embattled and weary – and often gripped by a sense of loneliness.  As we witness the apparent triumph of evil in various skirmishes and battles, we may lose sight of the long “arc of the moral universe” that “bends toward justice” and succumb to defeat.

By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith
By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith

If we are lucky, along the way we will find the sustenance needed to move forward in a friend like “Rev. Sue.”  Smith is a longtime friend of OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham.  Now she joins “If America Fails?:  The Coming Tyranny,” sharing her knowledge, experience and insight on the ways in which religion can be used to prevent, thwart and remove democratic practices and institutions.  There’s a long history of religion dominating and directing the beliefs and behavior of human beings – and we see some of how this functions through the new regime of The Handmaid’s Tale.  Let us find comfort and strength in the wisdom of Dr. Smith’s spirit, and the armor we need to carry on.

  • How might we know when religious beliefs and commands are being used to uplift communities versus when they are being applied as a means of oppression?
  • How do we know if the cult, culture or religion that has captured our ear is liberating or constraining?
  • What strategies can people use to break free, mentally, from limiting ideas?
  • What are some effective strategies for rejuvenating weary, justice-seeking souls?

Let us know your questions and we’ll pass them along to “Rev. Sue.”  — LMO

Founded By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith
Founded By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith

WATCH Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith, Founder and Executive Director, Crazy Faith Ministries – LIVE – Thursday, January 20, 2022, 8 pm ET, on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel, when she joins “If America Fails?:  The Coming Tyranny,” in discussion on Cults, Cultures and Religions in The Handmaid’s Tale, and modern American culture.

LISTEN TO | “Rest for the Justice Seeking Soul” ::: Liberationist, Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham | 7/18/2021

“Susan K. Williams Smith is a minister and activist who has been on the front lines of social and racial justice for many years. As she has marched shoulder-to-shoulder to resist systematic oppression, she has heard the same question over and over: ‘How are we going to get through this?’ Rest for the Justice-Seeking Soul was birthed out of those cries.

“Here is a soul-care manual for social justice-seeking believers who stand in constant vigilance against all forms of racial, class, and gender oppression. The fight for justice and equality is an exhausting daily grind—and the work is never over. That’s why it is incumbent upon all who speak and advocate for the less fortunate to practice self-care. You can’t fight when your tank is empty.

“In response to the many calls and emails she has received from friends, clergy, and strangers who are in utter despair and even deep depression, she has created ninety daily devotions to provide a daily spoonful of hope and encouragement, a healing balm to ‘strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees’ (Hebrews 12:12). Lift your gaze upward toward a better future by allowing God to restore harmony and focus in your soul and justice in your community. Our God is bigger than whoever is oppressing you. As the old hymn states, ‘Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.’”  — Publisher

Works by Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith is an ordained minister, pastor, musician, writer, activist and mother of two, living in Columbus, OH, where she now serves as Founder and Executive Director of Crazy Faith Ministries.  This is a non-traditional church with faith ministries providing outreach and services for homeless people; services for children of incarcerated parents; and voter education and registration, among other things.  Pastor Williams Smith also leads Freedom Choir that sings songs of freedom at marches and events offering messages of social justice through music.  She previously served for 22 years as pastor of Advent United Church of Christ, also in Columbus, and maintains an interest in the relationship between politics, religion, and race.  A prolific writer and author of several books, Williams Smith began her career as a newspaper reporter in Baltimore.  Her books include Crazy Faith:  Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (2009), and most recently, With Liberty & Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America (2020), Dr. Williams Smith also blogs at Candid Observations and has written for the Washington Post and Huffington Post.  With a Doctorate in Ministry, she maintains leadership roles in many national and community organizations and religious networks.  — If America Fails:  The Coming Tyranny, a TruthWorks Network Production

LISTEN TO | “Rest for the Justice Seeking Soul” ::: Liberationist, Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham | 7/18/2021

“The fight for justice and equality is an exhausting daily grind—and the work is never over. That’s why it is incumbent upon all who speak and advocate for the less fortunate to practice self-care. You can’t fight when your tank is empty. Her ideas and thinking about Black resistance and the history and foundation of faith as fundamentally part of Black culture are essential.” — Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

READ | Rest for the Justice-Seeking Soul | by Susan K. Williams Smith | Whitaker House | 11/12/2019

Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Former Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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